A common practice of the last day of the year is the sappy year in review post. The typical post that highlights the year, thanks those who lived it with you and the aspirations for the year ahead. While of course I am truly grateful for the year of 2014 and all of the events and people it had to offer, I’ve decided to highlight my journey in a different way. My whole life I was a bit on the sheltered side, I didn’t go to my first concert until I was 12 years old and it was Cher of all things (not that I regret this but as a child of the 90s this could have gone a lot different). At 25, I have had the privilege and awesome journey of living the rock star dream that my 12 year old self had always wanted to complete. I am a self-proclaimed fan girl. While I work, I socialize, and love my family like anyone else my life as a groupie is something special for me. I have had the privilege in 2014 of meeting ton of amazing celebrities so instead of listing my journey and thanking everyone along the way. I am going to go down the list of my celebrity journey.
It was my first time at the Gay Pride this year. Jonathan Groff and Laverne Cox were the Grand Marshal’s for the event and as we sat at the starting line of this wondrous occasion my girlfriend called Jon over and as gathered enough braincells to say hello, he graciously took a picture with me and made my whole day. The event itself was special but he was the icing on the rainbow cake for me. It was a really cool moment and an awesome way to celebrate my first pride.
I normally never attend autograph signings alone. I truly hate crowds, they give me insane anxiety but this felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Barnes and Noble which Derek Hough was signing out was relatively close by to my girlfriend’s home so I figured I had nothing to lose. The crowd was about 600 in size so truth be told when I arrived at this book store after work I was pretty convinced that I wouldn’t be meeting Derek. I sat on the line and roughed it. I traveled all that way and I owed it to myself to at least try for this. Much to my surprise, I was able to meet Derek. It was a brief meeting but a memorable one none the less. In a crowd of 600 in size, this man despite the book store’s advice signed 600 books and took 600 pictures and graciously greeted every single person he met. It was honor to meet this man and an experience I’ll never forget.
As I mentioned, I am a child of the 90s and early 00s. I am a product of boy bands, girl power, and all the best Cartoons. Jesse McCartney is one of the many names in music that highlighted my childhood nights on our stoop on 61st. I never imagined I would meet him. The 12 year old in me saw this as far stretch due to the strict parents I grew with but here I was at 25 defying all odds and meeting one of the coolest teenage icons of my time. It was a really cool experience.
Wrestling has been something in and out my life from the age of five. It has been a pretty constant form of entertainment for me. Over the years, I’ve had my favorite guys and gals in the squared circle but Bret Hart has been a hero for me for as long as I could remember. I can recall being five years old and watching him on Saturday Main Event and wishing to be the kid in the commercial they played over and over who got the glasses. This year at New York Comic Con, I may not have gotten the glasses but I got the honor of meeting this man. This beautiful gracious soft spoken giant who gently shook my hand and took time out of his life to know me. Even though it was a moment, it was one of the BEST moments of my whole life.
Amber Benson was one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met. As a fan of her best known acting work in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she gracefully entertained my nostalgia and signed my DVD booklet whilst recalling fondly of her time on the show. She was a doll and someone I am happy to have the privilege of meeting.
Mick Foley is a hardcore legend, he has jumped off cages, been set on fire, and taken his body to limits that no normal human being should ever do. He is a living breathing super hero in my mind. He is completely indestructible and someone I really enjoyed watching over the years. However, meeting him introduced a side to me I never thought I’d witness. After finally having the opportunity to thank him for all of his hard work, he gazed back at me with tears in his eyes and told him it was a pleasure to meet me and invited me to one of his storytelling shows. Never have I met a more genuine man.